Boys back in town - and Reds are glad.
THE sense of disappointment at Liverpool's narrow defeat to Anzhi in the Lokomotiv Stadium on Thursday night was swiftly eased by news of the other result in Europa League Group A. Young Boys' shock 3-2 defeat away to Udinese means the Reds remain well placed to reach the knockout stages.
When the Reds hammered the Swiss side 5-3 with a second string line-up back in September, Young Boys looked set to be Group A's whipping boys.
They were then beaten 2-0 by Anzhi in Moscow but remarkably they have battled back into contention by doing the double over Udinese.
Argentina striker Raul Bobadilla followed up his hat-trick in a 3-1 home win over the Italians by netting another in Thursday's away victory.
After matchday four, Anzhi now lead the way on seven points with second-placed Liverpool ahead of Young Boys on goal difference on six points. Udinese, who won at Anfield last month, are two points further back.
It means if Liverpool beat Young Boys at Anfield on November 22 and Anzhi overcome Udinese at home, then the Reds' qualification will be guaranteed prior to their tricky trip to Italy in December. Brendan Rodgers' second string certainly won't be on duty that night.
The manager has gambled by resting so many of his star names for certain European assignments so far this season but it still looks likely to pay off with a last 32 place.
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|Publication:||Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Nov 10, 2012|
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